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Harvard Finishes 2009 Season at Penn and Princeton

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Harvard finishes the 2009 season on the road at Penn and Princeton this weekend. The Crimson boasts an 11-12 overall record and a 7-5 in Ivy League play.

Scouting the Crimson
Harvard went the distance with the Yale Friday night, following in the final set, 19-17. The next day, the Crimson swept Brown to improve to 36-21 against the Bears.

Mikaelle Comrie leads the Crimson in kills per set with 2.91, while Anne Carroll Ingersoll is a close second with 2.84 per set. Ingersoll leads the team and the Ivy League in blocks with 1.14 per set after tying a career-high nine against the Bulldogs. Sandra Lynn Fryhofer has a team and league best .318 hitting percentage, while Ingersoll’s .298 hitting percentage ranks sixth in the league. She is one of three players to average .026 service aces as well. Christine Wu and Taylor Docter are the other two. Lily Durwood paces the team and is fourth in the league in assists with 9.76 per set, while Wu leads the team and is third in the Ivies in digs with 5.06.

Scouting the Quakers
Penn clinched at least a share of the Ivy League title last Saturday against Cornell. The Quakers enter the weekend with a 20-4 overall record and an 11-0 mark in the Ancient Eight.

Elizabeth Semmens paces the team in kills with 3.74 per set, while Megan Tryon has set up the offense with 11.64 assists per set. Madison Wojciechowski leads the team and the Ivy League in digs with 5.37. Ashley Hawkins paces the Quakers in blocks with 0.84 per set.

The Series: Yale holds a 34-19 lead in the all-time series and has won nine straight contests. Harvard’s last victory over its long time rival came on Oct. 22, 2004 at the Malkin Athletic Center.

Scouting the Tigers
Princeton looks to hold on to its third-place position in the league standings with a 7-4 conference record. The Tigers are 9-13 overall.

Sheena Donohue leads the team with 3.80 kills per set and 4.10 digs per set. Michaela Venuti and Molly Bagshaw share the setting duties, with 10.17 and 9.87, respectively. Venuti leads the team in service aces as well with .35 per set. Elizabeth McStravick has a team-best .60 blocks per set.

The Series: Princeton holds a 41-9 lead against the Crimson since their first meeting in 1981. Harvard went the distance with the Tigers in its last meeting, snapping a 12 match win streak, with its 3-2 victory. The first at home since 1996.

Climbing the Ladder
Katherine Kocurek broke the Harvard program record for digs in a career against Yale last Friday night. The new record stands a 1,394 digs and counting with two more matches left to play. Earlier in the season, classmate Lily Durwood became the third Harvard player to surpass the 3,000 mark in assists. She enters the weekend with 3,307 hand outs, which stands third on Harvard’s all-time list.

Crimson Capsule
Harvard has won at least 10 contests for the second year in a row … The Crimson has seven conference wins for the first time since 2004 … Last month, Harvard snapped Princeton’s 12 match win streak over the Crimson and Cornell’s nine-match series win streak over the Crimson … Mikaelle Comrie has recorded 56 kills in the last three Friday night matches, giving the junior outside hitter 4.31 kills per set in those three matches … Anne Carroll Ingersoll has a block in 19 of the 20 matches she has played in … Christine Wu has posted double-digit digs in 19 of the Crimson’s 23 contests … Lily Durwood has 40 or more assists in eight match this fall.